Two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels has revealed his favourite match from the original In Your House era ahead of the second coming of NXT TakeOver: In Your House on June 13th.
Michaels was one of the figureheads of the ‘New Generation’ in the World Wrestling Federation in the mid-nineties. Along with Diesel, Razor Ramon, and Bret Hart, they steered the ship through some of the company’s leaner years.
The In Your House pay-per-view model came into being in 1995 with the first In Your House event held in May 1995 with the main event of Diesel vs. Sycho Sid for the WWF Championship. Also at that event, Razor Ramon defeated ‘Double J’ Jeff Jarrett and Bret Hart fought twice, first defeating Hakushi before being bested by longtime rival Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler.
Speaking on an episode of Rasslin’ with Brandon F. Walker Shawn Michaels looked back to his favourite match from the In Your House event.
“I would say the [match] with Jeff Jarrett because it was the one that was in the original In Your House [concept]. It was Tennessee, it was fun, it was good guy vs. bad guy. It was a very traditional type of match. All those other [matches] are so fantastic, but at that point [the pay-per-views] were becoming bigger than In Your House. So, I always go back to that one with Jeff and it was such a blast and was easy to do, no pressure. Jeff Jarrett and Road Dogg were flying all-over the place. Jeff and I had worked with each other a thousand times, and he was so unbelievably talented and an easy bad guy to dislike. So, it was one of those worlds where all the traditional wrestling stuff applied, and it was fun to do.”
Shawn Michaels faced off with Jarrett at the second In Your House event in July 1995 with the Intercontinental Championship on the line. In just a shade over twenty minutes Michaels won the title from Jarrett becoming a three-time Intercontinental Champion.
Michaels also discussed his thoughts on where he falls in the hotly-debated subject of the greatest wrestler of all time.